Texas Politics

Obama’s re-election signals changing electorate, sophisticated voter tracking

There’s a lot of post-election analysis going on since President Barack Obama’s sophisticated campaign surprised Mitt Romney and other Republicans with a stronger-than-expected victory. Obama’s convincing win, in both the electoral vote (332-206) and the popular vote (by 3.9 million votes), confirms that in a time of changing demographics and views of the role of government, the President’s message and […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Barry and Otis

One of my Texas buddies was talkin’ about stockdogs “down south” being different than those “up north”. I agreed, depending on where you draw the Mason- Dixon Line. I describe those coming from the cooler climes as “suave, smooth, nervous and quick.” Think of hockey pucks, machine guns and playing zone defense. Border Collies, Kelpies and Aussies fit that description. […]

Mejia joins Pursch Motors, Inc.

Pursch Motors, Inc. is pleased to announce their new sales associate, Darren Mejia. Darren is ready to assist customers with their new and used vehicle needs. Pursch Motors, Inc. is located at 2207 W. Oaklawn, Pleasanton, TX.

Writer’s Roost

Beans and chili or Courvoisier and a good cigar

Being a country boy and a journalist (in that order), I’m often amazed when I think about everything I’ve been exposed to — from beans and chili to brandy and cigars — in my 75 years of living. Growing up “country,” then becoming a journalist, meant eating what Texas farm-and-ranch folks put on their tables, then sampling “the finer things” […]



A flashback, do you remember when?

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa and he will be out and about all over Atascosa County beginning this weekend. Several area merchants will have longer hours of operation for your shopping needs while the little ones visit the jolly old man and make their wishes known. 5 years ago this week It’s a proud time for McMullen County folks. […]


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Marathon Oil Corporation aiming for 100,000 net barrels of oil equivalents daily by 2016

Marathon Oil Corporation, with an important field office in Pleasanton, has a major leasehold in the core of the Eagle Ford Shale formation in South Texas. The Eagle Ford Shale extends over 400 miles stretching northeast from Laredo to beyond Houston, although the most active areas are south of San Antonio. The company currently has 20 rigs operating in the […]


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